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The Other Minds Archive features recordings of OM's past music festivals and concert productions, selected recordings of new music sent to us by composers from around the world, and selections from thousands of hours of audiotape recordings from the KPFA Radio Music Department collection, transferred to Other Minds in 2000. The KFPA tapes contain live conversations, interviews, and performances with many of the innovative musicians who created 20th Century new music. KPFA-FM is a part of the Pa...



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Professor Jess B. Bessinger, Jr. reads the general prologue and the concluding retraction of Geoffrey Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales.” One of the foremost experts on early English poetry, Bessinger offers a masterful recitation of this seminal work of literature, all in the original Middle English. The lyrical quality of Chaucer’s masterpiece is best appreciated when read aloud by someone fluent in the archaic form of English in which it was written. While most students have read at...
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Topics: KPFA-FM, Literature, Spoken Word
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Amirkhanian introduces a program of poetry from the Dial-A-Poem exhibits organized by John Giorno at the Museum of Modern Art and other spaces. These poems were originally available to the general public via a special telephone number from the The Architectural League of New York. However due to some of the adult content contained in certain pieces the project was threatened with lawsuit’s from concerned, conservative parents and the telephone number was eventually disconnected. John Giorno...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Ode to Gravity series, Poetry, Spoken Word
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Other Minds, a private 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization based in San Francisco, is a global New Music community where composers, students, and listeners discover and learn about innovative music by composers from all over the world. Other Minds Records, a project of Other Minds, produces a select catalog of contemporary music exploring areas seldom touched upon by mainstream institutions. You can explore their collection of available works here on archive.org, and visit their online store...
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John Cage / Morton Feldman: Radio Happenings I - V Recorded at WBAI, New York City, July 1966 - January 1967 John Cage and Morton Feldman recorded four open-ended conversations at the studios of radio station WBAI in New York. These meetings spanned six months between July 1966 and January 1967, and were produced as five "Radio Happenings". Both were at transitional points in their music. Cage had completed Variations V in 1965 and Variations VI and VII in 1966, and would publish...
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Topics: Avantgarde, 20th Century Classical, Interviews
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A live performance of four early works by Steve Reich: "Four Organs", "My Name Is", "Piano Phase", and "Phase Patterns." This performance marked an important moment in San Francisco Bay Area new music history with the triumphant return to the East Bay by Reich, who studied at Mills College with Luciano Berio, and who performed the 1964 world premiere of Terry Riley's seminal work, “In C", at the San Francisco Tape Music Center. The resonant...
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Topics: Music, KPFA-FM, Minimalism, New Music, Steve Reich, University Museum, UC Berkeley
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by Charles Amirkhanian & Brian Eno
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Charles Amirkhanian and Brian Eno discuss Phonetic Poetry, how Brian writes his lyrics, and the spirit of inquisitiveness at KPFA Radio on Saturday February 2, 1980. Listen to some of Brian Enos pieces; After the Heat, Everything Merges With the Night, Another Green World, Spirits Drifting and sections of other pieces. Brian Eno also discusses the artist Peter Schmidt and their work on the Oblique Strategies Cards, being a producer, Process vs Product and looping. Reel I ends with some thoughts...
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Topics: KPFA-FM, Ode to Gravity series, Interview and Music, New Music, Popular Music, Brian Eno
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Morton Feldman interviewed by Charles Amirkhanian at the Exploratorium's Speaking of Music Series in San Francisco, January 30, 1986. Charles Amirkhanian interviews Morton Feldman and asks right at the top: Is your music Hermetic? The answers take us on a whirlwind tour of this composers opinions, philosophy, criticisms, recollections and observations. There are excerpts from his Piano and String Quartet as well as his Violin Concerto. Feldman indicates that his compositions, which are usually...
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John Cage / Morton Feldman: Radio Happenings I - V Recorded at WBAI, New York City, July 1966 - January 1967 John Cage and Morton Feldman recorded four open-ended conversations at the studios of radio station WBAI in New York. These meetings spanned six months between July 1966 and January 1967, and were produced as five "Radio Happenings". Both were at transitional points in their music. Cage had completed Variations V in 1965 and Variations VI and VII in 1966, and would publish...
Topics: Avantgarde, 20th Century Classical, Interview
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Charles Amirkhanian reads an excerpt from Gertrude Steins “Portraits and Repetition” which was originally published as part of the author’s “Lectures in America.” In what is a fascinating explanation of the Stein style, presented in the Stein style, the famed avant-garde poet and author defends herself against the common criticism that her literary portraits of fellow artists are full of repetition, by insisting that as long as the emphasis is different then there is no repetition....
Topics: KPFA-FM, Lecture, Panel Discussion, Literature
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This program features a number of pieces by La Monte Young with such cryptic titles as “23 VIII 64 2:50:45-3:11AM, the volga delta” some of which can be played at various speeds, as demonstrated in this recording. Described as some of the most difficult music played on KPFA, Young’s music combines effectively the spirituality of the East with Western intellectual and technical interests. These performances are by La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela. (from KPFA Folio)
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Electro-Acoustic, Avant-Garde, La Monte Young
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Charles Amirkhanian interviews Frank Zappa in anticipation of his appearance on Speaking of Music at the Exploratorium. Zappa discusses his digital re-mastering of his album "Lumpy Gravy" and other early works. The musical selections played during this program are not included in this recording.
Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview, Popular Music, Avant-Garde, Frank Zappa
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Gordon Spencer of WBAI in New York presents a program about Louis Hardin, more popularly known as Moondog. From the 1940s up until 1974 Moondog made his living as a street musician and poet in New York City and was typically found near the jazz clubs on 52nd Street. Blind since an accident when he was 16 years old, Moondog was always recognizable in his Viking helmet playing a variety of instruments, some of his own design. In this program Moondog talks about his interests, his influences and...
Topics: KPFA-FM, WBAI, Interview and Music, Jazz, Avant-Garde, Louis Hardin, Moondog
John Cage / Morton Feldman: Radio Happenings I - V Recorded at WBAI, New York City, July 1966 - January 1967 John Cage and Morton Feldman recorded four open-ended conversations at the studios of radio station WBAI in New York. These meetings spanned six months between July 1966 and January 1967, and were produced as five "Radio Happenings". Both were at transitional points in their music. Cage had completed Variations V in 1965 and Variations VI and VII in 1966, and would publish...
Topics: Avantgarde, 20th Century Classical, Interview
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John Cage reads: "On Robert Rauschenberg, Artist and His Work", published in his book Silence, and "26 Statements Re Duchamp", and "Jasper Johns: Stories and Ideas", both published in his book A Year From Monday. The lecture begins with an amusing and informative autobiographical introduction to his interest in art and artists, how he became a composer, and how he wrote each of these pieces. This lecture is of great historical value. Recorded at the L.A. County...
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Topics: Avantgarde, Spoken Word, 20th Century Classical
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John Cage / Morton Feldman: Radio Happenings I - V Recorded at WBAI, New York City, July 1966 - January 1967 John Cage and Morton Feldman recorded four open-ended conversations at the studios of radio station WBAI in New York. These meetings spanned six months between July 1966 and January 1967, and were produced as five "Radio Happenings". Both were at transitional points in their music. Cage had completed Variations V in 1965 and Variations VI and VII in 1966, and would publish...
Topics: Avantgarde, 20th Century Classical, Interview
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John Cage / Morton Feldman: Radio Happenings I - V Recorded at WBAI, New York City, July 1966 - January 1967 John Cage and Morton Feldman recorded four open-ended conversations at the studios of radio station WBAI in New York. These meetings spanned six months between July 1966 and January 1967, and were produced as five "Radio Happenings". Both were at transitional points in their music. Cage had completed Variations V in 1965 and Variations VI and VII in 1966, and would publish...
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Recorded on November 29, 1984 as part of the San Francico Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series, Charles Amirkhanian interviews American composer, critic, and former musical director at KPFA, Charles Shere, about his opera “The Bride Stripped Bare by her Bachelors, Even “. The opera, which is inspired by the Marcel Duchamp painting of the same name uses Duchamp’s notes for much of the libretto. Shere, who was heavily influenced by the new music of John Cage and others, describes in...
Topics: Speaking of Music Series at the Exploratorium, Interview and Music, 20th Century Classical, New...
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On February 12, 1988, KPFA dedicated an entire day to take a closer look at the music and career of Brian Eno, one of the most influential composer, performer, producer, and visual artist of our times. Eno joins Charles Amirkhanian in the studios of KPFA to assist in hosting a day of his music. In a number of far ranging interviews, some previously recorded and some live in the studio, Eno discusses his English adolescence and early musical influences, as well as sharing stories about his work...
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Topics: Interview, Music, Popular Music, New Music, Rock Music, Ambient Music, Electronic Music, Video Art
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On October 18, 1972, Tom Zahuranec invited the radio audience down to the KPFA Music Office to communicate mentally with a philodendron which was wired with liquid electrodes feeding impulses into a Buchla synthesizer.  His call for audience participation was answered by scores of avid listeners who flocked to the KPFA studios in order to see for themselves just how responsive a philodendron could be.  Once there they experimented with the plant by getting closer or farther away from it,...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Inter-Media, Visual Arts, Interactive Art, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic, Tom Zahuranec
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On December 20, 1972, composer Annea Lockwood appeared live on Ode To Gravity. She was interviewed by Pauline Oliveros, who begins the discussion by reading a number of dreams that she has had involving Annea, although they had not actually met until this day. They go on to discuss their mutual interest in meditation, and in particular sonic meditation. Later a gathering of 30 composers and performers executed Annea's serenity-inducing event for multiple hummers. Among the many guests were Don...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Ode to Gravity series, Interview and Music, Avant-Garde, Soundscapes, Annea Lockwood,...
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Computer music pioneer Laurie Spiegel discusses her compositional tools and processes with host Jude Quintieré (WBAI). Having recently completed a number of works using the GROOVE system at Bell Labs, Spiegel describes the flexibility of her programs, and her approach to sequencing and real-time manipulation of synthesized sounds. The composer further elaborates on the evolution of her personal interests, especially in regard to her use of specific pitch and rhythmic materials drawn from her...
Topics: KPFA-FM, WBAI, Interview and Music, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic, Laurie Spiegel
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This is an interview with John Cage & David Tudor, conducted in French and English. This particular interview was purportedly recorded on May 29, 1972, a time at which both John Cage and David Tudor were on a European tour featuring performances in London, Bremen, Paris and other European cities. Cage talks about the influence that Henry David Thoreau, Marcel Duchamp, and others have had on his own artistic output. Works discussed include Cage’s “Mureau” and David Tudor’s...
Topics: KPFA-FM, New Music, Interview, John Cage, David Tudor
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An hour of word compositions by composer Anthony Gnazzo on KPFA's Ode To Gravity, 1971. Born in Plainville, Connecticut, in 1936, Gnazzo has resided in Oakland, California, since 1968 and is regarded as one of the most talented but hermetic West Coast Fluxus-influenced sound and visual poets. His use of cut-up techniques, mathematical structures and typography reflect an obsessive precision, reflected as well in the quality of his purely audio works. Trained as a composer at Brandeis and an...
Topic: Text-Sound Composition
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From a KPFA program recorded on January 25, 1975, Charles Amirkhanian interviews the British composer, pianist and Socialist, Cornelius Cardew. Charles is joined by Berkeley political composer and founding member of BAPMA (Bay Area Progressive Musicians Association) Eugene Turitz as he and Cardew compare notes on their respective approaches to mobilizing workers. Both Cardew and Turitz had abandoned their bourgeois experimentalist ambitions and were seeking to communicate to working class...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Cornelius Cardew, Music, Interview, Avant-Garde
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A recording of Darius Milhuad’s settings of poems, written in a prison camp by Jean Cassou, composed for unaccompanied vocal quartet or chorus, in 1946. This performance is taken from a June 5, 1962 concert by the Berkeley Chamber Singers, directed by Tikey Zes. Jean Cassou was a French poet and member of the French Resistance who wrote a collection of sonnets while in a Vichy prison, and had them published under a pseudonym in 1944.
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, 20th Century Classical, Choruses
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This edition of The Morning Concert features Parisian composer Eliane Radigue. Host Charles Amirkhanian explores Radigue’s background as a student of Pierre Schaeffer and Pierre Henry, her compositional technique involving synthesizers and tape recorders, and her life as a composer and Tibetan Buddhist. Radigue discusses the compositional and performing processes involved in her "combinatory" music, and explains how she has adapted to the lack of acceptance of her music in Paris....
Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Interview and Music, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic, Soundscapes,...
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Donald Buchla's newest synthesizer, the 700, is introduced to the San Francisco community at a gathering held at the Sake Factory. Charles Amirkhanian interviews the inventor as well as numerous local composers about their experiences with Buchla's creations while we hear in the background people trying out the newest version.
Topics: KPFA-FM, Ode to Gravity Series, Other Finds, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic, Buchla
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Charles Amirkhanian and Robert Hughes interview the Dutch composer Louis Andriessen in July of 1979. Andriessen is a third generation Dutch composer, whose work has been strongly influenced by his socialist politics. In this interview he discusses his work with two Dutch ensembles with leftist leanings and how in such a situation even a conductor is considered too authoritarian. The three also talk about the role the Dutch Government plays in financing the arts and how that differs from the...
Topics: Interview, Avant-Garde, 20th Century Classical, Louis Andriessen, KPFA-FM
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Henry Cowell talks about his life and plays examples of his music from his entire career as a composer—a fascinating document. He mentions the diversity interests from his childhood, giving up violin at age 8, hearing Irish tunes hummed by his father, early American Ozark mountain tunes sung by his mother. Living in San Francisco, he was exposed to international influences, playing and humming along with his Japanese, Chinese & Tahitian playmates.
Topics: Documentary, New Music, Henry Cowell, Orchestral Music
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On January 28, 1992, John Cage delivered a series of lectures at Stanford University in Palo Alto California in early 1992, just a few months before his death. Representing his last major writing, “Overpopulation and Art” is a mesostic poem that covers a wide variety of Cage’s concern’s, from the implications of technology on the environment to the role of art in society. Although often remembered as a radical composer of aleatoric music, John Cage was also a extremely intelligent man,...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Lecture, Panel Discussion, Poetry, John Cage
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A selection of South Indian flute music by Tanjore Viswanathan. The master flute musician performs a number of ragas accompanied by five other musicians playing the violin and assorted traditional Indian instruments.
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, World Music, Tanjore Viswanathan
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In this program, recorded in 1966, host Ann McMillan talks with the Chinese-born composer and long-time teacher at Columbia University, Chou Wen-Chung. Chou Wen-Chung describes his music as an attempt to capture the same emotionality of Chinese poetry, calligraphy, and landscape painting. While presenting many of his compositions, McMillan also reads translations of several of the poems that served as the inspiration for the works. In addition Chou Wen-Chung offers a clear analysis of the...
Topics: KPFA-FM, WBAI, Interview and Music, 20th Century Classical, Chou Wen-Chung
Charles Amirkhanian interviews the director of Opus One Records, composer Max Schubel, who was visiting the Bay Area while working on music for a film. Opus One specializes in unusual avant-garde music that is easily found in record stores since all the albums are printed in Fluorescent colors. Schubel talks about his upcoming issues and plays new test pressing of some of them.
Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Interview and Music, 20th Century Classical, New Music, Opus One...
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Charles Amirkhanian introduces an electronic, allegorical journey of a man towards self-realization, composed between January 1970 and December 1972 by the English composer, Trevor Wishart. This 80 minute musical narrative incorporates diverse natural ambient and electronic sounds, and was made at the University of York Electronic Music Studio, in England. Ever changing, always interesting, this is a masterful work of auditory montage, that will transport the attentive listener through an...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Ode to Gravity series, Music, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic, Soundscapes, Trevor Wishart
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Charles Amirkhanian introduces recent compositions by this American composer, who since 1947 developed a unique body of complex pieces, all for player piano. Nancarrow was able to punch carefully calculated holes in player piano rolls and make the instrument perform inhumanly difficult figures. His concerns with rhythm and sonority are more advanced than almost any in the world, yet his music makes an immediate impression even to those who don’t normally like avant-garde music. This is music...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Ode to Gravity Series, Interview and Music, 20th Century Classical, Mechanical Music,...
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1. A recording of the morning composer presentations with Ricardo Dal Farra on August 17, 1989 in Telluride, Colorado during the 1989 Composer to Composer Festival. After four minutes of hearing the group chat and get settled in, Charles Amirkhanian begins by asking about the rehearsals from the pervious night, the problems with Trimpin’s installations, plans for the upcoming concert, and plans for the lunch picnic with the composers. He then introduces Ricardo Dal Farra.  Dal Farra talks...
Topics: Lecture and Panel discussion, Electro-acoustic music, Electronic music, Synthesizer music, Sampling...
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Track Listing: Stravinsky: Les Noces Lutoslawski: Variations On A Theme Of Paganini (Arr. Lawson) Rachmaninov: Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini (Arr. Lawson) Handel: Arrival Of The Queen Of Sheba (Arr. Lawson) Widor: Symphony #5 For Organ - Toccata (Arr. Lawson) Sullivan/Mackerras: Pineapple Poll - Overture (Arr. Lawson) Sullivan/Mackerras: Pineapple Poll - Belaye's Solo (Arr. Lawson) Sullivan/Mackerras: Pineapple Poll - Reconciliation (Arr. Lawson) Sullivan/Mackerras: Pineapple Poll - Finale...
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In the late 1970s and early 1980s the Experimental Intermedia Foundation held a series of exciting concerts of avant-garde and electro-acoustic music at Phill Niblock's loft in the SoHo district of New York City. These concerts were then packaged into a series of hour-long radio programs entitled "Concerts by Composers" and distributed to interested radio stations around the United States. This tenth program in the series features music by William Hellermann and David Borden with...
Topics: New music, Music, Minimal music, KPFA-FM
So Percussion performs selections from Strange and Sacred Noise by John Luther Adams at the 11th Other Minds Music Festival at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 2005. So Percussion Douglas Perkins, Adam Sliwinski, Jason Treuting, Lawson White This performance was funded in part by a gift from Liz and Greg Lutz. Composer John Luther Adams presents the West Coast premiere of five movements from Strange and Sacred Noise, an evening-length suite for percussion quartet in which Adams...
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Another in a series of late-night electronic music mixes, produced by the editorial staff of Source Magazine, a bi-yearly publication devoted to avant-garde composers' scores, articles and photographs. Source also produced a series of published music scores, Composer/Performer Edition.
Topics: KPFA-FM, Source Program, Music, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic, Sound Poetry, Harold Budd
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Composer-performer Stephan Micus speaks with Charles Amirkhanian outdoors in the bird-filled Bavarian countryside on June 6, 1985. A casual and fascinating discussion that is almost filmic in its effect. Micus discusses exotic German recipes, American military plane sonic booms, and the sound he loves most in nature-flying swans. Recorded 36 miles west of Munich in the farm town of Mundraching. Originally broadcast as part of KPFA's series of programs called The World Ear Project, focusing on...
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One of the most dynamic groups in avant-garde rock music is San Francisco's own The Residents; an underground ensemble which has been composing anonymously and on tape since 1970. KPFA celebrates a decade of music by The Residents with this special three hour extravaganza hosted by Charles Amirkhanian and featuring Snakefinger (frequent guest artist with The Residents) and Jay Clem (promotion director for the group's label, Ralph Records). Tonight we’ll hear selections from the complete music...
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Topics: KPFA-FM, Ode to Gravity series, Interview and Music, Popular Music, The Residents
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by Conlon Nancarrow
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01 - Prelude (arr. Trimpin) 02 - Blues (arr. Trimpin) 03 - I. Presto 04 - II. Moderato - Piu allegro 05 - III. Allegro molto 06 - I. Allegro molto 07 - II. Prestissimo 08 - Piece for Tape 09 - Study for Player Piano No. 30 10 - Para Yoko (arr. Trimpin) 11 - Study for Player Piano No. 50 (arr. Trimpin) 12 - Study for Player Piano No. 51 (arr. Trimpin) 13 - Contraption No. 1 14 - Making the Hole-punching Machine 15 - How Long does It Take to Punch a Roll 16 - Terraced Dynamics 17 - Ethnic Music...
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Disc One Judith Blegen, Soprano and Michael Tilson Thomas, Piano 01 - Toys (For Voice and Piano) Beverly Morgan, Mezzo Soprano Speculum Musicae Vox Clamans in Deserto (for Chamber Orchestra and Mezzo-Soprano) 02 - Vox Clamans in Deserto - I Parting at Morning 03 - Vox Clamans in Deserto - II Son of Mine 04 - Vox Clamans in Deserto - III A Clear Midnight Buffalo Philharmonic 05 - Men Brass Ensemble, Gerard Schwarz, Leader 06 - Angels (Original Trumpet Version) Buffalo Philharmonic Men and...
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John Cage, as Virgil Thomson has pointed out, is the master of a school of music unique in the western world. His explorations into the realm of percussion sounds, both those produced in the usual manner by the direct use of percussion instruments and those produced in his own special way, by mutations of the modern piano sounds, have been a stimulus in our musical life, as much for their freshness and beauty as for the remarkable way in which they induce one to listen. For it is difficult to...
Topics: New music, Piano music (Pianos (2)), Prepared piano music
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From the Odeon recording “Beat and Bow” (MOAE-174) which was also later released by EMI (EALP-1312) three pieces of instrumental Hindustani music. The first work is for solo tabla and is the Teental rhythm (a cycle of 16 beats). The second piece is a Raga for sarangi and tabla and is also in the Teental rhythm. The third work is also for sarangi and tabla and is in the Deepchandi rhythm (a cycle of 14 beats). It is a Thumri, which means it is in a light classical mode. The basic melody for...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, World Music
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A veritable who’s who of American poets, many hailing from New York, read their favorite poems by Charles Reznikoff and others, during a memorial for the late Jewish American poet, author, and playwright. Those marking the passing of the first of the Objectivist poets include, Allen Ginsberg, Ron Padgett, Joel Oppenheimer, Anne Waldman, Armand Schwerner, Charles North, and many others. The poems they have selected represent the incredible range of Reznikoff’s writings, from one line...
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Topics: KPFA-FM, Poetry, Spoken Word, Charles Reznikoff
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Author, essayist, and environmentalist, Edward Abbey gives a talk and reads from his essays and books during an appearance at the Telluride Ideas Festival on August 17, 1986. Abbey is perhaps best known for his radical stance on public land policy and supposed support for eco-terrorism. A true iconoclast, Abbey has been condemned and praised by mainstream environmentalists and conservative Western ranchers alike. He was a pro-gun, anti-immigration, self-declared desert anarchist, who thrived on...
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Topics: KPFA-FM, Literature, Literature, Current Events, Spoken Word, Telluride, Edward Abbey
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Charles Amirkhanian interviews composer Alan Hovhaness for the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series, recorded on October 3, 1989. The Armenian-American composer discusses the roots of his musical expression and demonstrates various techniques on the piano. His music is performed by New York pianist Şahan Arzruni, who brings unexcelled vigor to Hovhaness’ early keyboard works and who himself poses some pertinent questions and introduces his evaluation and analysis....
Topics: KPFA-FM, Speaking of Music series, Interview and Music, 20th Century Classical, Alan Hovhaness
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Charles Amirkhanian interviews John Cage on January 8, 1987, as part of the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series. The program begins with a discussion of two of Cage’s pieces of aleatoric music, “Music For” which is scored for any number of instruments, and “Thirty Pieces for Five Orchestras”. Also discussed in detail is “EurOperas 1 & 2”, which was intended to be an opera like no other, and in that regard it has no real libretto nor plot. However the...
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Topics: Speaking of Music Series at the Exploratorium, Interview and Music, New Music, John Cage
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An interview with Berkeley guitarist and composer Robbie Basho, one of the most innovative performers playing acoustically at the time of this recording. Robbie introduces music from his Vanguard record album "Zarthus" (1974) and talks with Charles Amirkhanian about world music influences in his recent work and his interest in American Indian music.
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Topics: KPFA-FM, Ode to Gravity series, Interview and Music, World Music, Folk Music, Robbie Basho
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Russ Jennings interviews La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela about their new collaborative work, The Well Tuned Piano. This work is the culmination of a life long interest in just intonation on the part of Young and also incorporates the light art of Zazeela. The two also discuss the influence that Pandit Pran Nath has had on their art.
Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview, Performance Art, Minimalism, La Monte Young
Steve Reich and Jon Gibson stopped off at the KPFA studio after a rehearsal for a performance scheduled for the next day at the UC Berkeley’s Art Museum. The discussion centers around Reich’s very unusual music and you will hear an East Coast performance of his Four Organs as well as an exciting recording of Ghanian drumming which Reich recorded in Ghana. They also introduce the music of Philip Glass, playing a tape of his Music in Similar Motion. The program ends with a discussion about...
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Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview and Music, Minimalism, New Music, Steve Reich, John Gibson
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Host Charles Amirkhanian talks with musician and world activist Frank Zappa live by telephone. Discussion includes the state of world politics and culture from the viewpoint of one of the United States most provocative and original speakers. At the time this recording was made in April 1991, Zappa was exploring the possibility of running for president of the United States, and he discusses his views on the first Persian Gulf War, the legacy of George H. W. Bush, and the possibility of having...
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Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview and Music, Popular Music, Current Events, Frank Zappa
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A live recording of the complete experimental opera, “That Morning Thing” by Robert Ashley, possibly from the Dec. 8, 1969 performance at Mills College. Composed in 1967 this was Ashley’s second foray into the realm of avant-garde musical theater, and is a work for five principal voices, eight dancers, women's chorus and tape. The mainstream media’s reaction, as well as that of some in the audience, was notably mixed, however rather than being a commentary on the ultimate quality of the...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Opera, Music Theatre, Robert Ashley
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One in a series of programs produced by Clark Coolidge that feature the works of late 20th century poets, sound poets, and authors. This recording presents two tape works by Vito Acconci. Coolidge quotes the particular circumstances behind each work given by the author. Acconci's performance of "A Tape Situation Using Running, Counting, Exhaustion" was recorded in New York's Central Park in 1969. The second piece presented on the program, "A Tape Situation Using A Ball, Rolling,...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Words series, Spoken Word, Sound Poetry, Ambient sounds
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Michael Reynolds introduces a live reading before an audience of over 1,000 at the Pauley Ballroom of UC Berkeley given by America's most noted writers, William S. Burroughs and John Giorno. Giorno (b. 1936) reads his newest work "Subduing Demons in America" and his "Suicide Sutra". Burroughs reads from "Nova Express" , "The Wild Boys" and other works. Warning: Contains scatological phraseology and other obscenities.
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Topics: KPFA-FM, Literature, Poetry, John Giorno, William Burroughs
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On November 13, 2009, at the Presidio Chapel in San Francisco, CA, Other Minds presented the second of two concerts dedicated to the music of Henry Cowell. Born in Menlo Park in 1897, Cowell began his musical career as a concert pianist, and is perhaps best known for pioneering such “ultramodern” performance techniques as “tone clusters,” in which the arms are used to play a number of notes simultaneously, and the direct manipulation of the strings of the piano, in a manner that...
Topics: Other Minds, Henry Cowell, Music, Lecture, Panel Discussion, New Music
One in a series of programs originating from the International Service of Belgium Radio and Television in which the works of contemporary 20th century composers are highlighted. In this edition two pieces by American composers performed by the Society of Electronic Music of Buffalo, New York. First is “Le Montons De Panurge” by Frederic Rzewski, a work scored “for any number of musicians playing melody instruments plus any number of non-musicians playing anything”. Rzewski was born in...
Topics: Contemporary Music, KPFA-FM, Music, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic
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Robert Ashley joins Charles Amirkhanian, Richard Friedman, and William Maraldo for a discussion about his modern opera, “That Morning Thing”, which was scheduled to be debuted just two days after this recording was made on December 6, 1969. The program begins with a rather detailed description of the opera or work of musical theater, which had no singing, per se, but instead was scored for multiple speakers, many of them prerecorded, and several dancers. The inspiration of the piece,...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview, Opera, Music theatre
1. A recording of a lecture by Alexander “Sasha” Shulgin on Mushrooms, drugs, and the brain, during the 1988 Telluride Mushroom Festival in Colorado. Begins with an introduction by Andrew Weil on the psychoactive properties of nutmeg and how he met Alexander “Sasha” Shulgin because of his research on the subject. He then introduces Shulgin’s life and work in the field of psychedelic drugs.  Sasha Shulgin begins by talking about his process of taste testing all of the compounds he...
Topics: Lecture and Panel discussion, Mushrooms, Fungi, Brain, Psychedelic drugs, Toads, Coffee
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The San Francisco Conservatory of Music and The San Francisco Museum of Art present John Cage and David Tudor Program John Cage: Duet for Cymbal (from Cartridge Music, 1960) (19:17) Christian Wolff: for 1, 2 or 3 people (23:36) John Cage: Variations IV (31:46) Recorded by KPFA Radio on the 39th birthday of David Tudor, this historic concert with John Cage thundered through the halls of the sculpture court of the San Francisco Museum of Art before a capacity audience that included the late...
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Topics: Music, New Music, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic, david Tudor, John Cage
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William Burroughs press conference at Berkeley Museum of Art on November 12, 1974. Sponsored by the Pacific Film Archive. At a press release on an unidentified occasion, William Burroughs fields an array of questions, discusses relationships with or opinions on Paul Allen Ginsberg, Timothy Leary, Jose Delgado, Alfred Korzybski, et.al. as well as opinions on the women's movement, contemporary (1974) politics (Watergate, etc.), governmental methods of civilian control and the possibilities of...
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Topics: poet, poetry
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On December 25, 1974, as a Christmas special, the Fruit Punch Collective presented a recording of the 1971 world premiere performance of Lou Harrison’s gay-oriented opera, “Young Caesar”. The story of the opera explores the meeting and purported subsequent love affair between the young Julius Caesar and King Nicomedes IV of Bithynia. In addition to desiring to write an opera with a homosexual theme Harrison was also attracted to the story about Caesar and Nicomedes because it represented...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Opera, New Music, Lou Harrison
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Composer Astor Piazzolla interviewed by Charles Amirkhanian at the Exploratorium's Speaking of Music Series in San Francisco, May 11, 1989. In this program, Astor Piazzolla reveals the history of tango, its derivation from the milonga, the development of the accordion-like bandoneon, and pivotal points in his own compositional career, importantly how he changed traditional tango to Nuevo Tango following his dismissal by teacher Nadia Boulanger in Paris. Piazzolla reveals the influences that...
Topic: 20th Century Classical
Source: Other Minds
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Originally released as an insert into the seminal avant-garde “Source” magazine, this is a recording of members of Musica Elettronica Viva (MEV), performing Allan Bryant’s “Pitch Out” for three guitars and electronics. Musica Elettronica Viva was the premiere experimental electronic music ensembles performing live music during the 1960s and 70s. Bryant, a founding member of MEV, is an American composer noted for his reexamination of the electric guitar as a source of electronic sounds...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Electro-acoustic, Electronic, Aleatory music, Guitar music
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Other Minds, Inc., in association with the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, presented Other Minds Festival V at the Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, March 25-27, 1999. The fifth Other Minds festival featured composers Linda Bouchard, Mary Ellen Childs, Luc Ferrari, Alvin Lucier, António Pinho Vargas, Julian Priester, Sam Rivers, Errollyn Wallen, and special guest artist Margaret Leng Tan. Each concert was preceded by a panel discussion with the evening’s artists,...
Topics: Music, Electro-acoustic, Chamber music, Other Minds Festival, OM 4, Art songs
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This is the first of two programs devoted to the works of the largely forgotten German-American composer, Johanna Magdalena Beyer (1888-1944). Beyer, who died of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, was a pioneering avant-garde composer who’s works would be lost if it were not for the preservation work of the American Music Center in New York City, to which she had donated her scores prior to her death. Beyer was by most accounts a tall, angular,...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert Series, Interview and Music, 20th Century Classical, Avant-Garde, Johanna...
The great singer and harmonica blues legend Little Walter is discussed just 18 months after his death in Chicago at age 37 and presented by Arhoolie Records founder Chris Strachwitz. Louisiana-born Marion Walter Jacobs (1930-1968) came to be known as the Charlie Parker or Jimi Hendrix of his instrument, the harmonica. He revolutionized its use by cupping a small microphone in his hand over the instrument and amplifying it directly into the public address system, making it equal in volume to the...
Topics: Music, Blues music, Harmonica, Little Walter
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by Ned Rorem
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Track Listing: Songs for a Girl - John Dryden To the Willow Tree - Robert Herrick Echo's Song - Ben Johnson Upon Julia'S Clothes - Robert Herrick The Silver Swan - Orlando Gibbons Psalm 134 - Behold, bless ye the Lord, all ye servants of the Lord ... Psalm 148 - Praise Ye The Lord, Praise ye the Lord from the he avens Psalm 150 - Praise ye the Lord, Praise God in His Santuary The Lordly Hudson - Paul Goodman Snake - Theodore Roethke Rain in Spring - Paul Goodman Root Cellar - Theodore Roethke...
Topic: Other Classical
Source: CD
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This review deals with a performance on Dec. 8, 1969, at Mills College, of Robert Ashley’s opera “That Morning Thing”. Charles Shere speaks out against the mainstream media’s reception of the opera as well as the rude reaction of some of the audience.
Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview, Opera, Robert Ashley
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An interview with intermedia artist Dick Higgins, who discusses his views about California Institute of the Arts, artists and his company, Something Else Press, with Richard Friedman and Anthony Gnazzo. This was recorded Sunday, June 13, 1971, at the KPFA studios, after Higgins resigned his post at Cal Arts. He discusses his reasons for leaving and the problems he faced there. He also gives his ideas on what an arts institute should be like, and why he and his press were moving to Vermont. Dick...
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Topic: Avantgarde
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On the evening of Thursday, July 29, 1971, John Cage visited KPFA to talk about his current activities and interests and also to read the first and fifth sections from his Diary: How to improve the world (you will only make matters worse). He also reads a high school oratory which garnered a permanent trophy for Los Angeles High School where he was valedictorian of the class of 1928. Present in the room during the discussion are also Charles Amirkhanian, Richard Friedman, Charles Shere and...
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Topics: Interview, Experimental Literature, Avant-Garde, John Cage, KPFA-FM
Source: Other Minds
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From a program recorded in 1989, Charles Amirkhanian interviews two Bay Area musicians most acquainted with the work of the remarkable composer and bandoneon player, Astor Piazzolla. Marta Bracchi-LeRoux, is a pianist, and native of Montevideo, Uruguay, one of the birthplaces of the tango, and where she was acquainted as a young musician with Piazzolla and his work, even before he began to compose his nuevo tangos. She and her husband, the French conductor and oboe player, Jean-Louis LeRoux,...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, World Music, Tangos, Astor Piazolla
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by Lou Harrison
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Music of Indonesia had haunted Lou Harrison from an early age to the point where he went to Asia to study. Upon his return, he decided to design and make Asian instruments using Western materials. With the help of Bill Colvig, they made two gamelans actually one that plays in two modes out of steel and aluminum tubes as well as slabs of aluminum. The gamelan is tuned to two separate modes of intonation (scale of overtones): U mode pentatonic scale and Gamelan 711 which includes prime numbers 7...
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